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THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAL.
PRICE TWO CENTS, ■ : • ♦ ".- -■','■ g^&Mr '' \fTCff L^k TARIFF VOTE Three Minnesota Congress men Opposed to the Philippine Bill. Why Messrs. Heatwole, Stev ens and Eddy Stand Out. From The Journal Jiwreau, Jiooin 4.V, lost Jiuiltiina, Washington. Washington, Dec. 18. —Three members of the Minnesota delegation — Heatwole, [ Stevens and Eddy —are expected to vote against the Philippine tarilt bill to-day if in their seats at roll call. They object to the double taxation provided by the bill and think if the Philippines are part of; the United Slates, congress should treat' them generously, instead of applying to. them a system of studied discrimination. Public clamor has arisen over this bill, bat it is sai.l to be net unlike the Porto Rican tariff bill so far as its essential: features are concerned. No attempt hasl been made by the republican house lead- j ers to line up the recalcitrant members, j because the bill will surely pass and it i will have more than enough democratic votes to offset republican defection. —W. \V. Jermane. Washington, Dec. IS. —The "whips" on both sides of the house were actively at work to-day preparing for the vote on the Philippine tariff bill which is set for 4 p. m. This will be the first division of any importance since the new membership of the house assembled. The republican majority at present is 37, as against 14 in the last house. Representative Tawney, the republican "whip," said of the proba ble result of the vote: The bill will pass by a liberal majority, although there will be borne breaks on both sid-.-s. On the republican side we will not lose to exceed eight votes. This loss 1 will be partially compensated by the gain of the Louisiana delegation of six votes. The net result shows that the bill will pass without trouble. The republican members who have de flared opposition to the bill ere Repre sentatives* HcCaU (Mass.); Littlefieid i.Maine) and rrumipacker i.lnd.) The lat ter is absent and will be paired against the bill if possible, although democratic members ere refusing to be paired with him, owing to his attitude on southern elections. Representative Warner (Illi nois) and three republican members of the Minnesota delegation are among the other republicans whose votes are doubtful and may be cast against the bill. In the house to-day Mr. Hepburn (Iowa) supported the bill. He said the democrats offered nothing in the way of a bill to improve the present measure. He de clared the Filipinos were incapable of .self-government and in reply to a ques tion by Mr. Shafroth as to the capability of the Cubans, said they also were not tH for self-government. He said the democratic party forced the administra tion into a position where it was com pelled to declare for the independence of Cuba. This was greeted with democratic applause. •You may applaud," said Mr. Hepburn, "but the time is not distant when you will acknowledge the unwisdom of giving Cuba independence." (Republican applause.) Deathbed Reconciliation Special to The Journal. Philadelphia, Dec. 18.—After an estrangement of years Senator Sewell who is dying at his home in Camden, effected a reconcilatioo yesterday with his daughter Mrs. Courtlander of Baltimore. Mrs. Courtlander is a child of Senator Sewell's first marriage, and yesterday met the brothers and sisters she had not seen since they were babies. It was the wish of the dying senator that brought her from Baltimore. i The estrangement resulted from her opposition to her father's second mar riage. Since her bitter opposition to her father's act not one of the family had 6poken to her, and her name was not even mentioned in the home through the years. The reconciliation is complete. Mrs. Courtlander will remain until h«r latber dies, an event that may occur at any moment. STIRRING UP TROUBLE. G. O. P.—lf you insist on that I must hold my nose. FOR EDUCATION Senator Nelson Introduces a Bill Appropriating Mil lions of Dollars. From Thr, Journal Bureau, Jioont. +5, Port Buiiainy, Washington.' fs .■■■ ' ' Washington, Deo. IS.—Senator Nelson to-day introduced two bills providing for industrial education in the United States and insular possessions. The first pro vides for an appropriation of undeter mined millions to afl various states and possessions to establish primary indus trial schools, to be distributed by the ; president. No state shall share in the ap i propriation until it shall have passed laws for the establishment of these schools. Other conditions regarding population are imposed. The second bill appropriates $15,000,000 for providing primary industrial educa tion for youth from 13 to 18 years of age who shall be taught Agriculture and given military training by officers of the regu lar army. Bnlicook Very Rns>. Representative Babcock said to-day that he would spend the entire holiday recess in drafting his tariff bill. He hopes to have it ready when congress reconvenes, Jan. 6. The public has no idea of the immense amount of work Mr. Babcock has cut out for himself in pre paring his bill. He has had several stenographers and tariff experts busy since congress met, examining schedules and making digests of existing laws. On one occasion he ran up against a con dition which annoyed him and had to make a special trip to Pittsbuxg to get detailed information. At other times he has gone to Philadelphia, New York and Boston. This work has taken much time and the actual work of drafting the bill will not comence until about Jan. 1. It will not commence until about Jan. 1. It Babcock intends to put a lot of schedules into the bill and so perfect it as to meet all the honest criticism he has so far en countered. "The bill,' he said to The Journal man to-day, "will indorse the repub lican policy of protection to American in dustries, but. will aiao reach the end which I have had in view since last con gress, namely, reaching American cor porations which no longer need protec tion." —w. W. Jermane. Washington Small Talk. Senator Gamble called at the war depart ment to-day and secured the appointment of Anton .lureek, ot Lead, S. D., as second lieu tenant in the regular army. He was recom mended for the appointment more than a year ago. Senators Gamble and iKttreijge saw Secre tary Hitchcock to-day and arranged for a hearing to be given Major Harding, former Indian agent at Yankton, soon after the holi days. Postmasters appointed to-day: Montana- Sandstone, Custer county, John H. Hasby ! North Dakota—Pleasant, Ward count.y Haiis jO. Johnson. South Dakota—Alpena, Jerauld county, Robert E. Dye. Wisconsin Mills, Washburn county, Joseph Johnson; Trout, Lincoln county, C. B, Moore. PRESSED FINANCIALLY For This Reason <liarle« Anderson Taken His Own Life. Special to The Journal. Brainerd, Minn., Dec. 18.—Word was re ceived here this morning from Pequest that the body of Charles Anderson was found in the woods a short distance from that village. He is supposed to have committed suicide. Anderson was 57 years of age. He leaves a wife and sev eral small children. Financial em barrassment is supposed to have been the cause of his deed. WEDNESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 18, 1901. ANTI-ANARCHY Bill Consolidating All Pend ing Measures on the Subject. Washington, Dec. 18. —Chairman Ray of the house committee on judiciary to-day introduced an anti-anarchy measure which probably will be the basis of legis lation on that subject in the house. The measure brings together features of the many propositions made for dealing with the subject. It provides the death penalty for assaults on the president or other ex ecutive officers. It is made a felony to advise or teach the overthrow of the gov ernment or any interference with gov ernment officers. The death penalty also is provided for conspiracies in this coun try leading to the killing of a foreign ruler., GIRL SHOOTS Robber Could Make No Head way With This Clerk. Youngstown, Ohio, Dec. IS.—A stranger i entered the office of Justice Webb this j morning and, finding his clerk. Miss ! Clementine Hamilton, alone, demanded | that she open the safe, which contained • $2,000. Upon her refusal, he attempted to ' strangle her, saying: "If you don't open j the safe I'll kill you." Miss Hamilton broke away and, securing a revolver, fired at the fellow. He es caped. CORPORATE "POLL" Western Union Said to Be in Favor of the Pacific Cable Bill. Mbw rork Sun Saaalal Sarvtcm Washington, Dec. IS. —The house com mittee -on interstate and foreign com merce has voted to report the Corliss bill, which provides for the construction, operation and maintenance of a cable be tween the United States and Hawaii, Guam and the Philippine islands' by the government. This is the bill which was defeated in the interstate and foreign commerce committee during the fifty sixth congress. The failure to report it was due to corporate influences which ob jected to the government constructing and owning a cable. Now the same in fluence, said to be the Western Union Telegraph company, is reported to be re sponsible for this action because John W. Mackey, who controls a rival tele graph company, has taken steps to build a cable on his own account.. The bill will undoubtedly meet with fierce oppoeition in the house and senate. HELD FOR STREET MURDER Ex-Convict Bound Over on Circitm- Mtantial Evidence. Special to The Journal. Lincoln. Neb., Dec. 18. —C. E. Hayward was bound over to district court for the murder of John J. Gillilan last August. The murdered man was a prominent real estate dealer, and was killed on a public street at 10 o'clock at night. The evi dence against Hayward is all circumstan tial. He is a burglar and ex-convict. FIRE QUENCHER BURNED Village of HalMtad 1. «»««■«< It* Fire V |t|in rat iim. Special to The Journal. Halstad, Minn-., Dec. 18.—Yesterday aft ernoon the village hall and fire appara tus were burned. The fire is supposed to have started from a stove in the room where the chimicals were kept. Loss, *4.uOUi insurance, $1,500. WHY PAYNE IAS NAMED Cabinet Place as Reward for . Political Services. ROOSEVELT'S POSITION President Is Not Playing Politics in ...■ ■ . This Matter. McKINLEY FRIENDLY TO PAYNE Roosevelt's Only Thought Was That Payne Was a Fit Man (or the Position. Front Tl\* Journal Bureau, Room AS, Pott Building, Washington. Washington, Dec. 18. —President Roose velt's friends deny that he was playing politics in the appointment of Henry C. Payne to the cabinet. He was not seek ing a political manager in the middle west nor trying to do something to strengthen the bonds between himself and Senator Hanna. Payne may easily develop Into ! such a middle west manager, but he goes into the cabinet primarily as a reward for services rendered the republican party in two important presidential campaigns. The president, being convinced of his fit- | ness, had no other thought in Appointing him. There have ben no strained rela tions between Roosevelt and Hanna, so the Payne appointment means nothing along that line. , h After the 1896 election, Payne wanted a cabinet position, but McKinley could not make a place for him. ~ He was agin a candidate after the election of 1900, ; but McKinley told him he was compelled to keep his old cabinet. In 1896 the na tional committee indorsed Payne's ambi i tion in a rather perfunctory way. Mc ! Kinley found out at too late a day the ; debt the republican party owed to Payne, but finding it out he wanted to give him another appointment and a foreign am bassadorship was talked of. Payne did not want a place of this sort and so the matter was dropped. After the election of* 1900 the national committee indorsed Payne in a very earnest way, but McKin ley of course could not ask any of his old cabinet to resign. It was the understand ing, however, that when a vacancy came, Payne was to have it. Arrangement Carried Out. Now that Postmaster General Smith, of his own accord and in pursuance of ; a policy determined on before McKinley's death, leaves the cabinet, Roosevelt very promptly carries <jutr the arrangement made by the Da.iOnal committee with McKinley, and thai is all there is of the matter. Next to Hanna, the • republican party ! owes more to Payne than to any other man of the national committee. Payne was- Hanna's close confidant and adviser in the committee and assumed the respon sibility for executing Hanna's plans. The strain was tremendous, but the work was done perfectly. Several times during tne last campaign, Payne had to go home for a short rest, his physician telling, him that unless he did he would not be re sponsible for the results; but Payne, with a rest here and there of a few days, man aged to stick the campaign through. No body knows his # worth to the party as Hanna knows it and that is why the na tional committee has wanted Payne's am bition for a cabinet appointment gratified. It is the only reward he ever has asked for Services Tendered the party. Inci dentally he will make a fine postmaster general and, incidentally, too, as was said before, he will be in a position to look after Roosevelt's fences in the mid dle west should there be need for it; but he would have done that whether he came into the cabinet at this time or not. —W. W. Jermane. THE CHANGS ■ j i President Roosevelt Loth to Part M i(li Mr. Smith. Washington, Dec. 18.—Charles Emory Smith, of Philadelphia, has tendered to the president his formal resignation as postmaster general, to take effect early next month, and Henry C. Payne, of Wis consin, vice chairman of the republican national committee, has accepted the ten der of the office, to which he will be nom inated immediately after the holiday re cess. (This was announced- by The Journa 1 yesterday.) Mr. Smith has agreed to remain until Jan. 15, if neces sary, but he will return immediately thereafter to Philadelphia to resume the editorship of the Philadelphia Press. The president said that he had sought to per suade Mr. Smith to alter his determina tion and to remain in the cabinet, but without success. .-:'.: ; i;;-' Mr. Smith first announced to the presi dent the latter part of last month that he had decided to return to his editorial du ties. The president at that time urged him to remain. Mr. Smith, however, had been frequent ly reminded by his business associates of the duties devolving upon him, and he was anxious to return then. He had several talks with President Roosevelt on the subject and finally on Saturday last form ally tendered to the president the follow ing letter of resignation: Following my verbal statement some timo ago I beg to tender my resignation as post master general, to take effect at your ear liest convenience on the appointment and qualification of my successor. My step is taken in fulfillment of a plan long sin^e formed for purely personal reasons, the exe cution of which has been delayed until it could be carried out without embarrassing your declared policy and until department measures in which I am deeply interested could be satisfactorily advanced and assured. In laying down the trust committed to ny hands, I want to thank you most sincerely for the confidence you have reposed in me and for the great pleasure I have found in an association which has deepened my es teem for you personally and my admiration for the spirit and aims of your administra tion. With my best wishes that you may have the largest measure of success, I re main, etc. Mr. Smith delayed the formal tender un til the president had chosen his successor. Mr. Payne is now at his home in Wiscon sin. His name will go into the senate for confirmation the first week of January. It is stated that no other changes in the cabinet are at present contemplated. Mr. Smith has been postmaster general since April 21, 18%. succeeding James A. Gary, of Maryland, virtually at the outset of the Spanish war. Henry C. Payne has been a citizen of Milwaukee for many years and has been prominent in political circles in Wisconsin for over twenty-five years. For several years past he has been republican national committeeman from Wisconsin and during the last two national campaigns he was vice chairman of the republican national committee. Mr. Continued on Second Pane. DON SPEAKS FOR SGHLEY Says He Was Entitled to the Credit at Santiago. COMMANDER OF COLON Capt. Moren on the Work of tha Brooklyn and Oregon. DEWEY'S MINORITY FINDINGS Protest Afcainst Them Being Formu lated by Counsel for Admiral ■ .. Sampson. Madrid, Dec. 18.—Captain Diaz Moren, who commanded the Colon at the battle of Santiago, says that Admiral Sampson ! could take no active part in the fight be cause his ship was twelve miles to the east of Santiago harbor when the Span ish squadron appeared, while Admiral Schley, .with the Brooklyn flying his pen nant, land the lowa were close to the mouth of the harbor. Said Captain Moren: • ' - . I ' Both warships fought the Maria Teresa, which seven minutes afterwards was afire. My ship, the Colon, appeared then, firing her larboard artillery against the 'lowa, which, not moving quickly enough, wouli have been sunk by the Colon's pushing had not the Brooklyn fought an hour and a half with the Colon. Evidently the credit of the first part of the battle, during which the Maria Terest and the Vizcaya were placed bors dv combat, belong to Schley, as well as the sec ! ond part, during which the Colon fought | alone against the Brooklyn and the Oregon. | She was finally vanquished by the superior artillery of the Brooklyn and the faster speed of the Oregon. I think Admiral Dewey's praise to Schley is just. It does not diminish Admiral Sampson's glory, to whom, as su perior commander, was due the positions of the ships In the line of blockade, and with out whose instructions the result might bo seen in another light. DEWEY'S FIXDIXG Sampson's Lawyers Drawing Up a Protest Against It. New York, Dec. 18.—Slayton and Camp bell, attorneys for Rear Admiral Samp son, are drawing up a formal protest against the minority finding of Admiral Dewey in the Schley court of inquiry Mr. Campbell said to-day: We are preparing a brief, and have until Thursday afternoon to file it. It is based upon the record of the court. Three times, in behalf of admiral Sampson, there was a ten der of evidence to show who was in command at the battle of Santiago. The court ruled that such testimony was inadmissable, and the question was not gone into. < The question of command at Santiago has already been passed upon by the court of claims, which awarded that honor to Rear Admiral Sampson. Sampson Critically 111. Washington, Dec. 18.—Admiral William T. Sampson is critically ill and probably will never again leave his | house. He has not been cognizant of the various features of the so-called Sampson-Schley controversy for a year or more. Until recently he has known in a general way what has been going on but he has taken no personal interest in the case, not even while the court of inquiry w.as in session. He has displayed no interest whatever in the findings. 'PHIEIEER Details of the Deal Whereby the Bell Gets the Erie. • ■ Special to The Journal. Boston, Dec. While no circular has been issued announcing the terms upon which the Erie Telegraph and Telephone company is to be organized prior to its absorption by the Bell company, it is stated by an apparently reliable au thority that the value of the new Erie preferred stock will be placed at 85. Each holder of four shares of Erie stock wdll be Required to take one. share at par, making the assessment loss $3.75 peri, share. The price of common stock under \ the new issue would be about 31%. Four shares of Erie at 20, the present price, would amount to 80, which, with the loss on the preferred, would make 95. Dividing this by three, as three shares of the new I will take the place of four of the old, and the price of the common would be between 31 and 32. The Bell people are doing nothing in the reorganization, as that is entirely within the hands of the Erie board, 'but as soon as the property is ; placed on.- a satisfactory basis, as indi cated-above, steps will be taken by the Bel lcompany to effect the mercer of the two companies. The control of the Erie by the Bell interests places the latter in command of the telephone situation, which was some what complicated by the fact that the j Erie managers were buying up small in dependent companies in their own interest while comprising one-sixth of the Bell company. Five subsidiary companies, owning 300,000 miles, of wire in eight states and connecting with 16,000 subscrib ers, thus come under the Bell control. It is reported here that General John L. Sabin, who is president of the Chicago & Central Union Telphone company of Chi cago, will be the new president of the Erie company and that the newly acquired j properties will be managed from .an j operating standpoint in Chicago under the direction of the Boston interests in con trol. A director of the Erie company, j when asked about the report this after : noon, would not affirm or deny it, but said I that the property could be most economi cally managed from Chicago on account of its proximity to the Chicago and Cen tral Union telephone properties. M. P. SENTENCED I Irishman Punlniied for Making In timidating' Speeches. Castle Bear, Ireland, Dec. 18.—The hear ing of the charges of holding meetings | and delivering j intimidating speeches in defiance of the police brought against I Conor O'Kelly, M. P., chairman of the Mayo county council, and several other officials of Mayo county, was concluded to day. Mr. O'Kelly was sentenced to two months' imprisonment, and four other de- i fendants were sentenced to terms of im prisonment ranging from a fortnight to a I month. 0* fi' s HEATING CONTRACT AWARDED. Special to The Journal. .■•... --■ . Foley, Minn., Dee. 18.— O. F. Doyle of St. Cloud was awarded the contract for the heating plant for the new courthouse. Hi* bid was $1,200 and there were five others.. , 16 PAGES-FIVE OCLOCK. MAY CUT RATE TO DISARM CRITICS The Benevolent Old Merger Credited With Having a Grand Coup in Preparation. First Definite Information Secured Re garding the Exact Line of the C*± A. » A A • State's Action. * . «> <$> THE STATE'S LINE OF ACTION <$> <♦> ■ ■ * x ■$> A special dispatch to The Journal from Washington says that At- £ <$> torney General Douglas will bring his suit against the Northern Securities <$> <«> Company in the supreme court of the United States. The reason for the <?> <$> present delay is that the court has adjourned for the holidays. <•> <«> It will reconvene Jan. 6. The papers are practically finished, ana will be <v <$> filed as soon as court is open to receive them. ■•> <$> - The proceedings will be in the nature of a bill of equity, seeking an in- <$> <$> junction against the officers and directors of the Northern Securities com- <$> <§> pany. .It will state that they are conspiring to violate the laws and injure <s> <§> the commerce of the state of Minnesota. <$> .<s> The greatest secrecy is maintained at the capitol, and only the attorney <3> <$> general's office and the governor have known what plan was to be pursued. • <$> <$> No one outside the secret has imagined a suit being brought direct in the <§> <?> highest court of the land. * <§> .<s> The counsel for the state are confident of victory. Following the ruling <£ <$ of the supreme court in the Pearsall case, that tribunal is expected to hold ■§> <?> that the purchase of stock by the Northern Securities Company, is.an attempt <*> <«> to consolidate by indirection, and a violation of the Minnesota law. <§> <$> ; ' . .: . <$> <$^*$*$><$><*><j><j><S>3><^^ Master minds behind the great rail road merger are said to be preparing a , master stroke to influence public senti ment. It is reported upon what seems to be excellent authority that the present plan is to file new tariff sheets, with the railroad and warehouse commission cov ering the Great Northern and the North ern Pacific. There is proposed a general recasting of rates between the twin cities and points north and west. Rate clerks, under orders from the traffic heads, are said to be working night and day in prep aration of the tariffs, which are to be put out aa soon as possible. Without doubt they will be seen before the exira ses sion of the legislature, and for obvious reasons that would be a good time to bring them out. On their face, the new tariffs will show a reduction ia freight rates. Just how great is not known, but they will be so devised as to make the reduction ap parent. James J. Hill and his lieutenants real ize that the masses of the people are against them, that their consolidation scheme is almost universally condemned, and that an outraged public sentiment will find a vent in hostile legislation if it is not checked. The rate, changes will be a daring bid for popular favor. The merger ites will say: "Didn't we tell you this would be a good thing for the people? We are sav ing money by this consolidation, but we will not take it all ourselves. We are letting you shippers and consumers have part of the benefit. We are letting you in on our good thing. Don't you see how foolish you would be to stop us?" Hardly Pure Philanthropy. Thi3 concession will be discounted for two reasons. In the first place, it will be only to evident that the reduction only comes as a result of the agitation started by Governor Van Sant. Then again, it will be well to reserve decision until the new rates have been ' figured out. The intricacies of a rate sheet are so many that a layman is easily deceived. It takes an expert to figure out their true meaning. For instance, it will not profit the shipper if the rate on his class ie lowered and his commodity is at the same time advanced to a class above, which takes a higher rate. There are various ways of reducing rates without cutting profits. Shippers will reserve Judgment until they have made use of the new rates, and know exactly what they mean. They will say "thank you," to the gift horse, and then examine his teeth. Even bona fide, reductions will not satis fy the shipper. As Senator Jones, of Morris, expressed it yesterday, under the consolidation individual dealers will be at the mercy of the railroad companies, who can make or break a man. Many are afraid now to come out in the open and express their real feelings. With all the lines under one head they would not dare say a. word. A too outspoken shipper might want a car ever so badly, and "un avoidable delays" would detain it for weeks, until it would have to be handled at a loss. A general reduction of rates cannot be expected. Under the tremendous cap italization of the Northern Securities company the railroads cannot make any substantial reduction in charges and pay the promised dividends. The U. \. Well Watered. That immense increase of Great North ern stock has opened the eyes of the people. In two years' time the stock has increased from $25,000,000 to $125,000,000, Just five fold. It must still pay divi dends. The face value of the railroad has increased five times, and who has cre ated it? The people who ship their grain and receive the necessities of life over the line know that it is their money which has swelled the fortunes of Mr. Hill and his friends. They will demand more than a crust. They will demand that Mr. Hill, instead of "cutting another melon" for the private refection of his coterie, pass it around generously to the people who helped him grow it. Chance (or Railway < ommliioneri, Rate reduction is bound to come as a result of the enormous increase in the paying power of the railroads. Members of the railroad and warehouse commission are debating an important step, nothing less than a general investigation of freight rates in Minnesota, in the light of the present values of railroad stock. It may never be attempted by the present com mission, but they have it in mind, realiz ing that it would meet a popular demand. It is up to the commissioners to re trieve their falling fortunes in some way. They have fallen way in the rear of the procession, and will have to take long strides to catch up. Already there in talk of legislating them out of office, and there could be no better way to meet the cry than to start a genuine move in the interests of the people. If the commission does not inaugurate such a move, there will be rate legisla tion. There will hardly be time for it at the special session this winter, but there | would be time to create a special com ! mission to investigate the reasonableness of freight rates in Minnesota, and.report to the next regular session. Without doubt the next legislature, which will be new in both branches, will be pledged to I enact legislation that will give relief to the people of the state. The State Must Take Time. Some impatience is manifested over the delay in [commencement of the suit against the Northern Securities company. This impatience is natural, but as one state official expresses it, ■ the railroad people have had several months to work out their scheme, and to find ways of evading the laws of the state. It is only reasonable to give the attorney general five or six weeks to confound their plots. He is working hard, and has good reasons for taking plenty of time. There will be no "lying down." He is as deeply in earnest as the governor, or any citizen of the state, and will make that apparent in due course of time. Much accurate In formation about the plan of the Northern Securities company has been obtained, through confidential agents in New York city, and the statement in the state's com plaint will be sufficient to convince any one of the arbitrary and despotic charac ter of the trust. >EW YORK LITIGATION ltd HusiK Pointed Out—The llurliutf ton Reorganization. Special to The Journal. New York, Dec. 18.—The move of local shareholders of the Northern Pacific pre ferred for an injunction to prevent the retirement of that issue at par Jan. Ist, was apparently unexpected, notwithstand ing recent murmurs of gathering opposi tion. The basis of this litigation appears to be that the charter of the company provides that after dividends of 4 per cent per annum have been paid on each class of stock both stocks are to share equally in further distribution, the con tention being that preferred stock has been discriminated against in that it has no subscription rights to stock of the Northern Securities company. •"'--. As a partial offset to this disturbing litigation is the news that the financial interests back of the Northern Securities have virtually completed the organization of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy. This action is construed as indicating that the threatened opposition to the deal by western states or at Washington will not lead to serious delay in the efforts to complete consolidation. That Hill is dominant in the management of the Bur lington system is indicated by | the elec tion of Miller as vice president of the Burlington in charge of traffic. There has been considerable objection to this arrangement by the Union Pacific inter ests, but it apaprently has been over come. The executive committee is com posed of George W. Perkins of J. P. Morgan & Co., James J. Hill, E. H. Har rtman, W. P. Clough and M. L. Sohiff. This gives two representatives each to the Union Pacific and Hill interests, with a partner of J. Pierpont Morgan holding the balance of power. * ST. PAI I. "AIVT SAYIXG M FFIX' '» Hill Announces Extensive Improve* in cuts In Ilia St. Paul Simp*. "He certainly is good to me," St. Paul sings of James J. Hill, and with that mod ern siren's song St. Paul business men justify their acquiescence in the Great Northern's great railway swallowing act. The railroad king has made his St. Paul friends a handsome Christmas present. It has been heralded em the ■ newspapers ■of ,the capital city for th© past week that